The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes (2006)
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Critic Reviews for The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
What the movie lacks in acting and coherence, it more than makes up for through imagery.
It's a hauntingly effective, poetic mood piece but an exasperating drama.
It is a bold step into a mainstream realm for its ancient fablelike theme, agile storytelling, magnificent design and sure grasp of long-form narrative structure.
This opaque tale offers meticulously crafted atmosphere, but rather less passion or drama.
As in most of the Quays' fantasias, the narrative is oblique and slow moving but the florid visuals are rife with sexual and psychological overtones.
Audience Reviews for The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes
A surreal and moody film, full of strange images, and with an even stranger denouement. It is visually impressive, in a dark and low key way rather than a colorful one. The story is a weird tale to be sure and can be maddeningly opaque or ambiguous. Not a film for everyone. Not even for most film buffs. But it did have its appeal and I was not disappointed by it.
utterly Droz (droll & gross). Only sat through it hoping it'd be mysteriously saved in the end. It wasn't.
The Brother's Quay are still my favorite - this film is an alchemy of psychopathology and desire, surrealist and esoteric in intent, and perhaps best fitted into the horror, rather than sci-fi genre. The final Nietzschean scene of eternal return with it's locked, Tantalus-like obsession, reminds that we can never possess more than the moment. For my part, the imp of the absurd drove me nuts and I just wanted out. Bravo anyhow!
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